Whats the Most Energy-Efficient AC Setting?

You shouldn’t need to compromise on comfort or drain your wallet to keep your residence at a refreshing setting during warm days.

But what is the right setting, exactly? We discuss advice from energy specialists so you can choose the best temperature for your residence.

Here’s what we recommend for the most energy-efficient setting for air conditioning in Tuscaloosa.

Recommended Thermostat Settings for Summer

Most people find placing the thermostat at 72-73 degrees is most comfortable. However, if there’s a big difference between your interior and outside temps, your cooling expenses will be greater.

These are our suggestions based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

While at home: 78 degrees. While that sounds too high, there are methods you can keep your residence refreshing without having the air conditioning on frequently.

Keeping windows and curtains down during the day keeps chilled air where it belongs—within your home. Some window coverings, including honeycomb shades or plantation shutters, are created to provide more insulation and improved energy efficiency.

If you have ceiling fans in your residence, the DOE says you can increase thermostat settings about 4 degrees hotter without giving up comfort. That’s since they cool with a windchill effect. Because they cool people, not areas, shut them off when you exit a room.

If 78 degrees still seems too warm at first glance, try running an experiment for a week or so. Get started by raising your setting to 78 degrees while you’re at your house. Then, progressively turn it down while adhering to the ideas above. You could be shocked at how cool you feel at a warmer temperature setting.

While away: 88 degrees. There’s no need to keep the air conditioning running all day while your residence is vacant. Moving the setting 7¬¬–10 degrees hotter can save you an estimated 5–15% on your AC bills, according to the DOE.

When you come home, don’t be tempted to switch your thermostat colder than 78 to cool your home faster. This isn’t effective and usually produces a more expensive electrical expense.

A programmable thermostat is a useful approach to keep your temperature controlled, but you need to set programs. If you don’t utilize programs, you run the risk of forgetting to move the set temperature when you take off.

If you want a convenient solution, consider buying a smart thermostat. This thermostat connects with your phone, so it is aware when you’re at home and when you’re away. Then it instinctively modifies temperature settings for the best savings. How much exactly? An estimated $180 annually on heating and cooling, according to ENERGY STAR.

Another plus of getting a smart thermostat? You can use your phone to watch and regulate temperature settings from just about anywhere.

While sleeping: Around 70 degrees. While ENERGY STAR recommends 82 degrees, that might be too uncomfortable for many families. Most people sleep better when their sleeping space is chilly, so that’s why the National Sleep Foundation recommends 60–67 degrees. But that might be too cool, due to your clothing and blanket preference.

We advise using a similar test over a week, moving your temp higher and steadily decreasing it to choose the best setting for your residence. On pleasant nights, you could learn keeping windows open at night and relying on a ceiling fan is a better option than operating the AC.

More Methods to Use Less Energy During Hot Weather

There are extra approaches you can spend less money on air conditioning bills throughout the summer.

  1. Upgrade to an energy-efficient cooling system. Central air conditioners only are effective for about 12–15 years and get less efficient as they get older. An updated air conditioner can keep your house more comfortable while keeping energy
  2. expenses low.
  3. Book yearly AC tune-ups. Annual air conditioner maintenance keeps your equipment running like it should and may help it run more efficiently. It might also help prolong its life cycle, since it helps technicians to uncover small issues before they create a big meltdown.
  4. Switch air filters often. Follow manufacturer instructions for switching your air filter. A clogged filter can result in your system short cycling, or run too much, and drive up your cooling
  5. bills.
  6. Inspect attic insulation levels. Almost 90% of homes in the United States don’t have adequate insulation, according to the Insulation Institute. Most southern climates require 13–14” of attic insulation, while northern climates should have 16–18”.
  7. Have your ductwork inspected. Ductwork that has loosened over the years can leak cool air into your attic, walls or crawl space. This can create huge comfort issues in your residence, such as hot and cold spots.
  8. Seal holes, doors and windows. Keep humid air where it should be by sealing openings. You can also caulk or weather strip doors to keep more conditioned air indoors.

Conserve More Energy During Warm Weather with KDM Service Corporation

If you need to save more energy during warm weather, our KDM Service Corporation pros can assist you. Reach us at 205-208-8090 or contact us online for additional info about our energy-saving cooling solutions.

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